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Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research

Trade Agreements and Public Health

A Primer for Health Policy Makers, Researchers and Advocates

Authors: Gleeson, Deborah, Labonté, Ronald

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  • The first easily accessible, plain language text on international trade agreements and public health, suitable for readers unfamiliar with the field
  • Spans the technical and political dimensions of trade and health, providing an outline of the different issues and agreements, discussion of methods for analysing the impact of trade agreements on health, and analysis of approaches to advocacy and capacity building towards healthier trade agreements
  • Presents a digestible yet comprehensive overview of the key thinking and research in the field
  • Provides a valuable starting point and list of key references for those who are interested in delving into further reading
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About this book

The need for policy coherence between trade and health has never been greater, yet few public health workers are equipped to navigate this complex field. This book aims to fill this gap, providing a focused and readable introduction to the topic. It introduces the principles underpinning trade treaties and examines the implications of trade rules for health services and access to medicines, unhealthy commodities, labour rights and the environment. It explores the trade policy making process, methods for trade and health research, and recommendations for strengthening policy coherence.

About the authors

Deborah Gleeson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University, and an Associate of La Trobe University’s Centre for Health Law and Society. She holds an honorary position with the Public Health Association of Australia. 
Ronald Labonté is Distinguished Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity and Professor in the School of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Ottawa. He is active in the People’s Health Movement.

Reviews

“The general audience is health policymakers, advocacy groups, and researchers, according to the authors. I would add health professionals, especially those in public health who have an interest in policy. … No book on the market addresses trade agreements and their health policy impact in the manner this book does. In this everchanging environment of healthcare policy and global trade agreements, this book's perspective is needed.” (Carole A. Kenner, Doody’s Book Reviews, April 3, 2020)


“The contradictions between public health priorities and trade agreements are perhaps some of the most important challenges of 21st century capitalism. This highly readable book demystifies these challenges by providing a comprehensive overview of the key linkages, areas of concern and some suggestions for reform. Intended for an audience in global health, this primer is also essential reading for policy makers, researchers and activists in the field of trade.” (Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, The New School)

“Community health and health care are increasingly influenced by trade relations which are increasingly governed by trade agreements. The emergent health challenge is to steer the negotiations and implementation of such agreements away from health-damaging provisions. Gleeson and Labonté’s “primer” is a unique contribution which will prove invaluable in addressing this challenge; assisting health officials to promote policy coherence; assisting researchers in tracing impacts; and supporting health practitioners and activists in monitoring and advocacy.” (David Legge, Convenor of People’s Health Movement’s Trade and Health Circle)

“An essential read for health policy makers, researchers and advocates who want to take a leadership role in making trade and trade agreements work to improve health outcomes. This well researched and evidence-based book gives the reader the elements to participate in a constructive dialogue to ensure trade increases access to health services, lowers the costs of medicines, vaccines and medical devices and reduces harmful products crossing borders.” (Nick Drager M.D., Ph.D. Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

“The intent of global free trade is to increase opportunities to enrich people across the world. However, current international trade negotiations have become complex, difficult to understand and a mystery to the ordinary people they are supposed to enrich. Gleeson and Labonté provide sensible, readable and academically sound insights into the tools required to ensure priority for the most important enrichment—the health of the people and the health of the planet.” (Michael Moore AM, Immediate Past President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (2016-2018))

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Hardcover $59.99
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Softcover $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trade Agreements and Public Health
Book Subtitle
A Primer for Health Policy Makers, Researchers and Advocates
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-0485-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-0485-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-0484-6
Softcover ISBN
978-981-15-0487-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 174
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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